Killing Eve: Hello, Losers
April 12, 2022 1:57 AM - Season 4, Episode 8 - Subscribe

The Series Finale.

Eve and Villanelle focus on making a seismic stab at The Twelve, risking their own lives; Carolyn arrives home as a traitor, she has a finite amount of time to use her intel as leverage to get herself back in the game.

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posted by ellieBOA (13 comments total)


Isn’t this basically the ending of “An American Werewolf In London”? Government kills monster; monster’s heartbroken lover screams; cut to music.
posted by Mr. Excellent at 5:15 AM on April 12, 2022

afaic, the show ended after season 3 - season 4 was a "bury your gays" hot mess.
posted by kokaku at 6:44 AM on April 12, 2022

Go crazy on spoilers, it is FF after all.

I'm actually here for spoilers. I stopped watching a bit ago, having classified this into essentially the same bucket I had Orphan Black in: fantastic acting, characters to whom I was really attached, a plot that had lost most of its momentum but was rolling along anyway with a shoddy plan. I may yet go back and watch it because Villanelle and Eve are the best, but it had felt meandering for a while.

Anyway, spoil away. Please.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:33 AM on April 12, 2022 [1 favorite]

this season felt like they took everything fun about the show - Villanelle's outfits, her joy, her humor, the intimate tension with Eve - and scrapped them for a plotline that nobody really gave a shit about (the 12? who cares? we've seen mysterious secret organization before - we haven't seen badass killer queer spy romance), with an added dose of moralizing undercutting the prior character development (an attempt at Christian redemption?), while introducing a bunch of irrelevant new characters (Pam? Yusef?) that took time away from developing the great interactions between Villanelle and Eve

season 3 wasn't great (Geraldine?) but it feels like a masterpiece compare to this mess of a season
posted by kokaku at 7:49 AM on April 12, 2022

Oh, I'm glad to see I'm not alone. Honestly, if it hadn't been on a season pass on my tifaux, I would never even have watched it, since I hated season 3 and remember almost nothing about it, and season 2 was boring as hell. I don't know how you make a show with characters like them (I adored Carolyn beyond reason) and just...throw it away.

(I also have major issues with how BBC is making their programs now; it sounds like they're using a different frame rate or something? but it all looks like it's overridden my controls for having motion smoothing off and giving me soap opera effect and almost everything sounds like it's super badly looped. Although there was an episode this season that had some very obvious looping anyway, for Carolyn, and it was so bad I stopped watching.)

I also don't know if they were setting the ending up for a possible return to the series in that Eve is still alive and might seek revenge for them killing Villanelle, but I sure as hell wouldn't watch it.
posted by kitten kaboodle at 11:50 AM on April 12, 2022 [1 favorite]

I watched the season premiere, but kept not getting around to watching the subsequent episodes stacking up in my tivo, and then started seeing tumblr posts for Killing Eve with the 'bury your gays' tag, and read the spoilers. So, yeah, I'm not going to ever get around to catching up after all.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:37 PM on April 12, 2022

For what it’s worth, I really did enjoy the finale - I thought it brought back a lot of the humor and warmth of the first season, and it was delightful to see Villanelle and Eve (briefly) just enjoying each other. I experienced feelings!
posted by Mr. Excellent at 8:16 PM on April 12, 2022 [2 favorites]

sounds like they're using a different frame rate or something?

The video I get over BitTorrent via Rarbg has all been quite clean and encoded at 25fps as usual. If you have a smart TV, I suspect it of being smart in the traditional IT industry sense of exhibiting superfluous, irritating behaviour unintentionally triggered and therefore enormously time-consuming to disable again.
posted by flabdablet at 12:27 PM on April 14, 2022

Killing Eve - the extended San Junipero ending, a beautiful fan remake of the ending, via the fantastic newsletter Paging Dr. Lesbian.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:59 AM on April 18, 2022

I liked the road trip segment - I could watch a season of those two travelling across the UK or Europe, meeting odd people and occasionally killing someone.

The final shots were beautiful but yeah, why. Villanelle's body floats away in the tide as Eve reaches for her was visually stunning but for fucks sake, why? Then again, I ask why about the last two seasons. I knew Villanelle was doomed, TV doesn't often let someone that violent survive but she should have been the exception.
posted by Ber at 8:06 AM on April 19, 2022

Villanelle's body floats away in the tide as Eve reaches for her was visually stunning but for fucks sake, why?

Much of the last season struck me as amping up the visually stunning at the expense of character development and/or plot.

But maybe I'm just irked because I still can't work out whether Carolyn was supposed to have always been the overall leader of the Twelve or not. That riff on loyalty threw me into deep confusion.
posted by flabdablet at 9:42 AM on April 19, 2022

They’re planning a spin-off of Carolyn’s early life so maybe some answers to come there.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:20 PM on April 19, 2022

Carolyn’s early life? with Fiona Shaw or with the actress who played her younger self? I mean the latter was good but Shaw was half the reason I watched. The other half was Jody Comer who is just incredible. Actually I thought if someone had to die in the end, I thought it would be Eve because the book series (which I haven’t read) is based on Villanelle and heck, the show is called Killing Eve.

Anyway, the first season was dynamite, the second season was solid and it’s funny how Kenny’s death was so affecting when so, so many other people died in the show.

The cameo by Anton Lessor in the penultimate episode cracked me up.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:30 PM on April 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

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